Euan Cunningham - Knife and Fork

A giant stainless steel knife and fork.  

'Knife and Fork' are fabricated in stainless steel, cut, folded, riveted, transformed in scale and context into something new to be placed in the landscape: a surreal idea and a humorous notion.

My work reflects our relationship with everyday objects - things we use all the time, articles that we take for granted.

Wanting to take a closer look at these forms and shapes I have grown up with, I transform them into visual objects in a different context.  Altering their scale and manipulating their function enables a completely different interaction and relationship.  The notion of practicality, as seating, invites the viewer into a more intimate dialogue.  It is important to me that there is this personal connection with the work.

It also essential to me that my work is recognisable.  Shapes that are known, materials that are appropriate all add to the relationship between the viewer and the work.  This, I hope, engages the onlooker quickly into a dialogue.  My work is based on forms that are all around us and I want to probe that relationship that we have with these everyday articles. If these ideas can be combined with humour, then I feel that these sensations can stay with the viewer. 

It is also vital that the work is durable.  The choice of material is important. To use stainless steel is necessary for longevity as well as well as being connected to the subject matter.  Within the natural environment the material excels as a construction medium, providing a surface finish that can glisten in the rain or be at one with itself and its surroundings, allowing the viewer to enjoy it in many different ways.

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